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Poster: midnight sun Date: Oct 9, 2006 3:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna Bashing

people that have performed music professionally for years will say that ability to play an instrument (including voice) is only a small fraction of what is required to successfully contribute to a band situation...the other members have stated that Keith and Donna caused a lot of hassles within the band by bringing their personal marital problems to work with them, and this is what ultimately contributed to their eventual dismissal

have yet to see a post that said GD 1/20/79 or JGB 12/11/77 is unlistenable because Donna wasn’t on stage those nights...one of my fav JGB eras, from Oct 79 through May 81 has no harmony vocalists performing whatsoever

Jerry, Bob and Phil deteriorated vocally over time, but they are the ones that wrote the songs as well as played instruments exceptionally well...and as poor as they may have sung at times, i never wanted GD to hire someone else to sing their songs

despite her purported formal musical training and subsequent opportunities afforded by GD, Donna never bothered to learn an instrument or contribute significantly to songwriting...her only task was to occasionally sing traditional harmony vocal parts, a task that Brent was capable of competently handling with a compromised instrument (male falsetto range)

what do you think, did she make appropriate use of her time with GD, or was she just a floater?

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Poster: deadmax Date: Oct 9, 2006 4:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna Bashing

She did actually write several songs that the Dead played and she and Keith played on thier solo (duo?) album eponymously titled (probably misspelled but still a blatant attempt at sounding BIG). Personally, I think Brent rocks and brought a lot more to the band than K&D did, but nevertheless, they were there. I have heard her sing w/o the Dead and she actually has a very pretty voice, I can see why they originally hired her. As far as just being a "stage wife", Hell, who wouldn't want to just hang out with the boys AND SING WITH THEM! Good grief, what any easy, life-changing gig! She was no dummy.

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Oct 9, 2006 5:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Donna Bashing

"As far as just being a "stage wife", Hell, who wouldn't want to just hang out with the boys AND SING WITH THEM! Good grief, what any easy, life-changing gig! She was no dummy."

in other words, she was only looking out for herself

now do you see why she is so resented?

"...standing on the stage doing, well, nothing,..."

not a dummy?

This post was modified by midnight sun on 2006-10-09 12:30:14